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Bob Gregory thanks Colts fans for their coat donations outside of Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday.

It’s hard to think of carrying a warm winter coat with you when the weather is sunny and 85 degrees, but that’s exactly what hundreds of Colts fans did on Sunday as they brought their donations to the Coats for Kids collection outside Lucas Oil Stadium.

More than 1,300 coats were donated to the annual campaign along with cash donations which will be used to buy coats.  This will be the 24th year for Bob Gregory’s Coats for Kids, a partnership between WTHR, Tuchman Cleaners, and The Salvation Army which provides warm winter coats to thousands of area children.  The 1,300 coats collected at Lucas Oil brings the total coat count to about 3,500.  Last year, over 10,000 coats were donated or purchased with financial donations for Coats for Kids.

“We’ve still got a long way to go, but we’ve got a couple weeks to get there,” said Bob Gregory, retired WTHR Weatherman who’s been a part of Coat’s for Kids since it’s creation (listen to Bob talk about Coats for Kids).  This year’s Coats for Kids distribution day will be held on October 30, at the Toyota Expo Hall on the Indiana State Fairgrounds.  Doors open at 8 am and anyone needing a coat is welcome.  Parents need only to bring their children with them to get coats.

Gently used or new coats can be donated at any of the 25 area Tuchman Cleaners.  Simply drop off your coat and Tuchman will clean it and get it ready for a child in need.  You can also shop for a coat online by visiting our Coat Shop. This year’s need is expected to be greater than ever.  Please make a donation and give child in  need a warm coat for the winter!